Whether you like it or not, you’re probably going to experience some form of hair loss in your life. The good news? There are ways to help slow hair loss, delay thinning, and repair breakage from over-processing, using heat styling tools too frequently, stress, hormones, and coloring hair—just to name a select few common culprits. The best way to reduce and prevent thinning hair actually starts at the scalp.

Investing in a scalp serum is a good place to start your regrowth journey. If your hair loss is a result of chemical treatment of heat damage, you’ll want to add a protein-rich hair condition with a healthy balance of both protein and hydrating ingredients to restructure damaged strands and add hydrating to dry ends (when your ends are dry, they’re more prone to breakage). Hair oils are also a great option, and they can be applied before using your flat iron or hair tool of choice to guard against heat-related breakage. Of course, you’ll want to choose a formula infused with a healthy dose of antioxidants, fatty acids, and lipids to promote better overall hair health.

Although results vary for each individual, these topical and oral treatments contain ingredients shown to help improve thinning hair. See below to check out some of our favorite anti-thinning antidotes for a fuller set of locks.

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